Glasgow Govan by-election, 1988

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Glasgow Govan by-election, 1988
United Kingdom
← 1987 10 November 1988 1992 →
 
Candidate Jim Sillars Bob Gillespie Graeme Hamilton
Party SNP Labour Conservative
Popular vote 14,677 11,123 2,207
Percentage 48.8 36.9 7.3

Glasgow Govan Constituency 1983-1997.svg
Map showing the Glasgow Govan Parliamentary constituency within Scotland.

MP before election

Bruce Millan
Labour

Subsequent MP

Jim Sillars
SNP

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The Glasgow Govan by-election, in the British House of Commons constituency of Glasgow Govan, Scotland, was held on 10 November 1988. It was caused by the resignation of Bruce Millan as Member of Parliament for the constituency following his appointment as a European Commissioner.[1]

The result of the election provided the first major upset of the by-elections in the 1987-1992 parliament and was seen as embarrassing for the Labour Party, with the former Labour MP Jim Sillars winning the seat for the Scottish National Party with a majority of 3,554 and a large swing from Labour to the SNP.[1]

Results[edit]

Glasgow Govan by-election, 1988[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Jim Sillars 14,677 48.8 Increase38.4
Labour Bob Gillespie 11,123 36.9 Decrease27.8
Conservative Graeme Hamilton 2,207 7.3 Decrease4.6
Social and Liberal Democrats Bernard Ponsonby 1,246 4.1 Decrease8.2
Green George Campbell 345 1.1
Communist Douglas Chalmers 281 0.9 Increase0.3
Monster Raving Loony Lord Sutch 174 0.6
Independent Fraser Clark 51 0.2
Majority 3,554 11.8
Turnout 30,104 60.2
SNP gain from Labour Swing Increase33.1

Previous Results[edit]

General Election 1987: Glasgow Govan
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bruce Millan 24,071 64.8 +9.8
Social Democratic A. Ferguson 4,562 12.3 -7.4
Conservative Mrs J. R. Girsman 4,411 11.9 -7.5
SNP F. McCabe 3,851 10.4 +4.5
Communist Douglas Chalmers 237 0.6 N/A
Majority 19,509 52.5
Turnout 37,132 73.4
Labour hold Swing +8.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Times Guide to the House of Commons April 1992. London: Times Books. 1992. pp. 286–287. ISBN 0-7230-0497-8. 
  2. ^ Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1987-92 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 

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